Ketchup Clouds by Annabel PitcherKetchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup Clouds

byAnnabel Pitcher

Hardcover | August 19, 2015

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Dear Mr. S. Harris,

Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . .
I know what it's like.
Mine wasn't a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him exactly three months ago.

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

Annabel Pitcher graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English literature and went on to work in television. Her debut novel,My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece,was nominated for more than fourteen UK awards, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal, theGuardianchildren's fiction prize, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Dy...
Title:Ketchup CloudsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 19, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031624676X

ISBN - 13:9780316246767


Rated 2 out of 5 by from What did I just read Okay, here I thought that the main character would be getting responses from her death row inmate pen pal...I was wrong. It was one sided and I found myself thinking 'this man on death row doesn't care about your teenage drama problems' because frankly, I didn't care about her teenage drama problems...
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good, but... a little disappointing. You go through the book having one impression and you just come out completely wrong and disappointed.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Concept or Idea Found...? In books, we never really see families that show a lot of importance and potential. Most families are split apart, unequal and uneven. No one cares for each other and it's all background stuff. Ketchup Clouds absolutely is one of those books with beautiful families, although there are some arguments in between. Ketchup Clouds was mostly flaws, but it did have its good points that made you smile. The writing, family and characters were great. But, the flaws overtook the greatness of those three things above and turned the book into something really unenjoyable, despite my previous expectations. The reason that I chose to read this book was because it was "supposed to be the next John Green book." There has been many positive reviews out there that have stated that this is a work of masterpiece, and is similar to John Green's work of literature. When I hear John Green, I'm in, no doubt about it. So this was about a young teenager named Zoe who's writing to Stuart Harris, a man currently in Death Row who was convicted of murder. Zoe writes to him about her past experiences, flaws, troubles and worries, and she feels that Stuart is the only one in her life right now who is listening to her although he never replies. But one more thing, Zoe has killed someone she loves. My main problem was that the idea wasn't there. I didn't see a point of this book, or the main idea. Sure, Zoe's voice was great and she sent a nice message in the end, but I didn't see a labyrinth in the book. It was like a book inside a book full of boring letters about a girl's difficult life. I don't understand-- why write to a forty year old guy in jail? She had such loving parents and siblings who would've been able to talk to her and help her out, but instead, she chose to write about her murdering a guy to a guy who's murdered someone and is currently in jail. ?_? If Zoe read this, she'd be mind-blown right now. Hmmph. There really was no concept in this at all, and the plot kind of reflected on that. It was very boring and I didn't feel like there was a lot happening during all of the points in the book. Everything was just simple like bread and butter. The writing style was very vague and simple. It didn't really intrigue me as much as I would've liked it to, but I kept on reading because of my instincts. Zoe was an okay character. She had the guts to do something big and to be mature and live a good life while having fun, but she was a little too immature and afraid of being out there. I liked her voice and attitude, though. I liked the rest of the characters as well because they were unique and different. All together they created a great family that you don't see often in books. I felt like the romance was very forced and just added some sort of forced thrill. Zoe was just desperate for it and therefore it got me upset because love should just me slow and stunning in a book, not after two people made out because they were completely and heavily drunk. What a way to fall in love. Oh, and did I mention the stupid (but hot) idiot takes a photo of you in your bra and underwear and it ends up posted all over the school? Ew. Overall, I'm really disappointed with this book. I know that it could've gotten somewhere better, but I guess the author chose it not to become like that. It had its positives, but the flaws really took over.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very nice surprise I loved the concept of this book the moment i read it. Written in letter form, we follow "Zoe" as she anonymously writes to a death row inmate telling him about the day that changed her life forever. The fact that we are the inmate that she is writing to is a different reading experience, especially since the narrator is talking directly to us, while telling us the heartbreaking story that she has kept inside for so long. What I think i loved the most about this book was the candid voice the narrator and the way she told her story. It was so unique and heartbreaking to hear her pour her heart out to a complete stranger, even if that stranger was on death row and about to die. "Zoe" (I put that is quotations because she did not reveal her real name in her letters) was such a young and naive girl, but throughout the book you get a glimpse at how haunted she is by one mistake that changed not only her life, but the life of an entire family. Whenever I read a character and they say that they were the reason someone got hurt I always think that they are overreacting for the sake of the story. But in this case I actually genuinely felt bad for her when she revealed what actually happened and the guilt that she had been carrying around for so long. There is a love story in this book, and it is the nucleus of the story itself. But what I think I liked the most was that it was different. There may have been two boys vying for attention, and there might have been some drama involved, but the structure of the romance (for each boy) was done very well, and each of their love stories felt sincere and real to me which was amazing, considering I had a favourite boy :) If you are looking or a fast, heartfelt read, Ketchup Clouds is for you. It has such a great message at the end that it will be impossible not to smile, even if the events that transpired were less than perfect. I loved it.
Date published: 2014-01-05

Editorial Reviews

* "Compelling and turns heartbreaking and hysterically funny..."
-School Library Journal (starred review)